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September 1, 2014

Researchers at Kings College London are calling on LGBT and straight people, especially bisexual men and transgender people, to respond to a large survey on mental health

Lesbian, gay and bisexual people are one-and-a-half times more likely to suffer depression, anxiety and substance use problems than straight people and twice as likely to attempt suicide.

Due to a lack of research, we can only use small findings that point to similar problems – and in some cases even worse – among transgender people.

But in one of the largest studies of its kind, King's College London have asked for LGBT and straight people to come forward and help find how discrimination helps contribute to poor mental health.

August 23, 2014

In a victory for transgender equality, Mills College in California will be the first single-sex college in the US to change their admissions policy to allow transgender students to enrol

An all-female college in the US has made history by changing their admissions policy to allow female transgender students on their courses.

Mills College in Oakland, California is a 162-year-old institution for female students only.

It is one of the 119 single-sex colleges in the US, but the first to adopt a brand new admissions policy to include transgender students and students who do not identify with their gender assigned at birth.

Mills College said of every 1,000 students they admit each year, three to five of them identify as transgender.

August 17, 2014

'Islan’s death was not an isolated incident'

A year ago today, 17 August 2013,  Islan Nettles was walking the streets of New York City with her transgender friends.

The group encountered another. Words were exchanged, including transphobic epithets, and a suspect allegedly punched Nettles.

The trans woman fell to the ground, and the suspect continued the attack.

Four days later, the 21-year-old was removed from life support and died.

July 25, 2014

There are 16 reasons why you are about to fall in love with Australian DJ and model Ruby Rose. And all of them can be boiled down to 'She is awesome'

Ruby Rose has just come out as gender-fluid, not identifying as either a woman or a man. Her personal preference is to still use female pronouns.

The 28-year-old Australian supermodel and DJ has released a short film, Break Free, dealing with the topic of gender identity.

In the film, she transforms from a buxom blonde with long hair to a heavily tattooed man with short hair.

‘Whether straight, gay, bi, trans ... body image and identity can be a struggle for us all,’ Rose told News Corp Australia.

July 21, 2014

Toronto not-for-profit bike repair shop Bike Pirates has set aside Sundays to cater solely to women and transgender people since November of 2008

A not-for-profit bicycle repair school and bike shop in Toronto has set aside Sundays as a safe space for women and transgender people who want to learn how to repair their bikes, shop for parts or access its library.

Bike Pirates has set aside Sunday afternoons for the exclusive use of transgender people and women since November of 2008.

Bike Pirates also offer a three week course for women and transgender people who want to learn how to repair bicycles called ‘Gear Up.’

July 19, 2014

The self-described 'conservative southern Baptist' mother from Alabama, US, shares how her transgender daughter wanted princess dresses, and told her that her genitals 'bothered' her and 'wanted them gone'

'My daughter is six years old. She transitioned, which means she changed her outward appearance from male to female and started living full time as her true gender, when she was four. Until that point she was quite a rough and tumble little boy with a buzz cut and a shark tooth necklace.'

Debi Jackson, a self-described 'conservative southern Baptist' mother from Alabama, US, shared how her transgender daughter, who is now seven, wanted princess dresses, and that her genitals 'bothered' her and 'wanted them gone.'

July 17, 2014

European Court of Human Rights: Countries without gay marriage laws are not obligated to marry same-sex couples if one of the partners is transgender

Married trans people living in countries without same-sex marriage must divorce if they want their true gender recognized, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.

Heli Hämäläinen, a Finnish trans woman, lost her case yesterday (16 July). She was told she can only have her female gender recognized if she divorces her wife.

The ECHR ruled there is no obligation on states without gay marriage laws to marry two people of the same gender if one of the partners is transgender.

June 30, 2014

The inaugural Tilde Melbourne Trans & Gender Diverse Film Festival is seeking submissions from transgender and gender diverse filmmakers and films that explore transgender and gender diverse themes

The organizers of the first ever Tilde: Melbourne Trans & Gender Diverse Film Festival have put out the call for submissions for the festival – being held from 21-23 November this year.

The event will be held in partnership with the Sydney Transgender International Film Festival and will be Melbourne’s first international film festival created to showcase the work of transgender and gender diverse filmmakers as well as films exploring transgender and gender diverse themes and issues.

June 27, 2014

Brits can now choose to describe themselves as male, female or a custom option

After a successful launch in the US earlier this year, Facebook has announced a new custom gender option in the UK.

The social networking giant is now offering people to select a custom gender, as well as choosing a pronoun they would like to be referred to publicly.

These options are male (he/his), female (she/her) or neutral (they/their).

Facebook users can also choose the audience who sees their custom gender, as some people face challenges with sharing their true gender identity with some people.

June 22, 2014

As part of the cathedral's celebration of LGBT pride month, Rev Dr Cameron Partridge will be the first transgender pastor to preach at the historic Washington National Cathedral

The Rev Dr Cameron Partridge will become the first openly transgender priest to preach at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC on Sunday, June 22, in a service led by Rev Gene Robinson, the first openly gay priest to be elected a bishop.

The service is part of the cathedral's celebration of LGBT pride month and will include readings and prayers offered by members of the local LGBT community.

June 10, 2014

Man? Woman? Does it matter? Open until 17 August, GenderBlender explores and breaks down traditional gender archetypes

Do you remember the person who made out with Lady Gaga in the prison yard scene of her Telephone music video?

Was he a man? Was she a woman? Does it matter?

The sexual tension was palpable, the scene was an in-your-face reminder that the world doesn’t fit into typical gender binaries, and the world is more colorful for it.

Often times transgender and intersex get looped into the ‘gay and lesbian’ moniker, pushing some misunderstood gender minorities further into a world of obscurity.

June 10, 2014

Alleged incident occurred at Bistro 18 in Washington's Adams Morgan neighborhood

After a night of indifferent service at a hookah bar in Washington DC, a transgender woman says she was given a restaurant receipt with the words 'gay bitches' printed on it.

Amira Gray was with eight friends at Bistro 18 in Washington's Adams Morgan neighborhood last August when the alleged incident occurred.

When one of Gray's friends approached the manager, he snatched what he thought was the offending receipt out of the man's hands and printed a new receipt without the anti-LGBTI slur on it.

May 26, 2014

'Our lack of sensitivity and understanding of the transgender people and their plight created 12 minutes of radio we that wish we could take back'

The two New York radio hosts who were fired after describing trans people as ‘nutjobs’ are now saying they are sorry.

Kimberly and Beck, the former hosts of ‘The Breakfast Buzz’ on 98.9 The Buzz, have released a statement to All Access in which they describe themselves as 'very sorry for the hurt and pain we have caused anyone, especially those in the transgender community and their friends and families.'

May 17, 2014

Clayre Sessoms said she tried to give blood in Vancouver, but her blood was rejected after nurses found out she is trans

A Canadian woman who regularly donates blood was turned away from a clinic this week; after nurses found out she was transgender.

Clayre Sessoms went to give blood in downtown Vancouver on Wednesday (14 May) when she was turned away by the nurses and told she couldn’t give blood.

After declaring the hormones she was taking for her transition, Sessoms was questioned about whether she had gender reassignment surgery and was informed her blood donation had to be deferred.

‘I was deeply hurt. I was kind of dumbstruck at first’ said Sessoms.

May 16, 2014

A city wide ban on discrimination against LGBT people looks likely to pass in the Texas city of Houston but has been amended to prevent transgender people having the right to access the bathrooms of their gender

Transgender people in the Texas city of Houston will have no guarantee that they will be allowed to use the bathrooms meant for people of their gender after Houston’s openly lesbian mayor removed that protection from an anti-discrimination  ordinance.

Transgender people will still be protected from discrimination in housing and employment along with gays and lesbians and bisexual people under the ordinance but the bathroom access issue was the most controversial part of it for opponents so Mayor Annise Parker removed it to guarantee it becomes law.

May 14, 2014

Jailed US WikiLeaks mole could be allowed to transfer to a civilian prison in order to receive gender treatment

Chelsea Manning could finally be allowed to begin gender treatment, according to reports.

The Pentagon is reportedly considering transferring the US soldier jailed for 35 years for leaking classified documents to a civilian prison to allow her to take hormones.

Since after she came out as trans in August last year following her sentencing, she has been banned from gender treatment.

April 30, 2014

The US Department of Education has released new guidelines that make clear that transgender and gender non-conforming students are protected from discrimination in schools under the federal law banning sex discrimination in education.

The US Government has moved to ensure that transgender and gender non-conforming students cannot be discriminated against in education, with its Department of Education issuing new guidelines that state that such students are protected under federal law covering sex discrimination.

The guidelines state that such students are protected by the federal Title IX sex discrimination law.

April 18, 2014

Popular TV personality B Scott lost the $2.5 million lawsuit against TV network that forced him to remove his make-up and heels, but plans to appeal the case.

Popular transgender TV host, style expert and blogger B Scott has reportedly lost his discrimination lawsuit against the US Black Entertainment Television (BET) network.

Gay Star News reported in August 2013 that Scott attempted to sue the network for $2.5 million for discrimination based on gender and sexual identity when he was forced to change his feminine appearance for a more masculine one for a television appearance.

April 15, 2014

Malta parliament also voted to give same-sex couples civil unions and adoption

Malta has become the first country in Europe to protect trans people in the constitution.

On 14 April, as the Maltese parliament voted to give same-sex couples civil unions and adoption.

The entirety of the Labour party, 39 members of parliament, voted in favor of legalizing same-sex unions. The opposition, the 30 members of the Nationalist party, abstained.

April 10, 2014

A pop song telling the story of a transgender woman who reunites with her best friend has become a surprise viral hit in Thailand – with nearly 9 million people watching the video clip on YouTube

A new pop song by Thai singer Vid Hiper R Siam about a trans woman who becomes the lover of her childhood best friend is going viral online.

Nearly nine million people have watched the clip for the song on YouTube since it was posted on 9 March.

The song, Transgender Woman Never Cheats, tells the story of a trans girl who fell in love with her best friend, a boy when they were teens.

One night she kisses him, but because her object of affection believes she is a boy, he beats her up.

April 8, 2014

Australian openly gay model and DJ Ruby Rose has revealed that she thought about gender reassignment to become a boy when she was younger but says that she is now comfortable in her own skin

Australian model and DJ Ruby Rose has revealed that she considered undergoing a change of gender when she was younger but says she’s happy with being a woman today.

Rose revealed that she had considered becoming a boy in posts to Facebook and Instagram on Sunday – writing that some androgynous photo shoots she had been shot for recently had made her think about what she would have looked like if she were now a man.

April 5, 2014

Stateless and stranded for six months after what was supposed to be a quick trip to Hong Kong to update her passport photograph results in her having to surrender her Colombian passport and becoming a refugee under the protection of the UN's refugee agency

Eliana Rubashkyn recently became the first transgender woman in Hong Kong to be officially recognized as female without having completed gender reassignment surgery.

But life is far from being a bed of roses for the 25-year-old who has been stateless and stranded as a refugee in Hong Kong for the last six months.

April 3, 2014

The High Court of Australia has ruled that the state of New South Wales must recognize that Norrie is neither male nor female – ending the court battle to have Norrie recognized as such

Sydney LGBTI community activist and genderless person Norrie has won a court victory in the High Court of Australia – forcing the New South Wales (NSW) state Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages to recognize that Norrie is neither male nor female.

Norrie had initially been given a ‘sex not specified’ registration by the registry in 2010 but it then reversed its decision to do so four months later – saying that it had been in error to do so.

April 3, 2014

Trans organizations in Britain have released a Trans Manifesto today – with three demands to give politicians a simple way forward

Today’s announcement of the Trans Manifesto is another huge step forwards for trans people in the UK.

Four years ago I was involved in drawing up the massive Trans Statement of Needs. While an impressive piece of work, it was simply too daunting for any government to know where to start. A simpler, more focused, approach was needed.